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RadioWest Films presents unique stories with a focus on Utah. Each week, we’ll present a short documentary drawing from a variety of styles: story driven, conceptual, profiles and more. It’s a place for film lovers to watch innovative storytelling and to meet Utah’s most talented filmmakers.And there are some films that we just want to keep talking about. Here's a collection of radio conversations paired with our short films. Think of it this way ... stories you hear, stories you see.

The Future of Radio

Photo by Alan Levine, CC via Flickr

What’s the future of radio? With all media seemingly destined to migrate to the Internet, where will that leave “radio,” as in that broadcast medium piped via invisible waves into a physical object with knobs and dials. And just what does the term “radio” mean these days? Is a podcast a form of radio or an Internet entertainment? A panel of guests from commercial and public radio joins us Monday to try to answer those questions and attempt to divine what lay in store for the most intimate medium.

Here's a link to Larry Massett's seminal "A Trip to the Dentist" story.

Nick van der Kolk recommends the following podcasts for your listening pleasure: Theory of Everything, 99% Invisible, The Memory Palace, The Truth, Fugitive Waves by The Kitchen Sisters, and basically all the podcasts that are part of the Radiotopia collective.


The shorts on this week's VideoWest are all about radio. One is a profile from Utah filmmaker Scott Thornton about K-Talk, a quirky AM station broadcasting from a strip mall in the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley. We've also got another installment from Andrew Norton's This is Radio series. It features two of the pioneers in radio storytelling, The Kitchen Sisters.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.